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Friday, November 08, 2019

Diamondbacks have made some changes to their uniforms for 2020

Gone now are the other two unusual features: the dark grays and the diamond pattern on the shoulders. In is a more traditional road gray. Though, I suspect, that we’ll almost never see it given how most teams who have solid jersey “alternates” use them almost all the dang time. Which, call me an old man, but I kinda hate. They all look like they’re wearing batting practice jerseys all the time. With only a couple of exceptions — Houston’s orange and Oakland’s green, because they’re unique — they’re all pretty dreary.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, October 31, 2019

AZSnakepit: Matt Herges to be new Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach

After retiring from the playing field at the end of the 2010 season, he became a coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He progressed through their farm system until 2017, when he was the pitching coach of their AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City. Herges than moved to San Francisco to become their bullpen coach. At the time, it was seen as “a sign they’ll be more analytics-driven,” with Herges’s role including series advance analysis. However, that’s a role which I think is currently occupied for the D-backs by Dan Haren. But Herges does appear to have an analytic bent, saying of his time with LA, “We coaches had to seek [the metrics] out. I wanted to learn because this is where the game is going.”

Jack Sommers Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pitching coach

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching coach Mike Butcher have ‘parted ways’

The Diamondbacks announced Monday that pitching coach Mike Butcher will not return for 2020, the only member of Torey Lovullo’s coaching staff who will not be back.

After the club tweeted that the sides had “parted ways,” Lovullo cited “philosophical” differences with Butcher, saying during a press conference on Monday at Chase Field that he would like to see what a new direction might mean for his pitching staff.

“He had a lot of really good, insightful things that made some of our pitchers continue to plow and push forward,” Lovullo said. “I’m just really, really curious about how we can take the next steps. Maybe a new voice will allow us to get there.”

Butcher was the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach for four seasons starting in 2016, an era in which the club’s pitching staffs ran the gamut in performance, going from one of the worst in baseball in 2016 to one of the best in 2017.  The Diamondbacks ranked third in the National League in ERA in 2018 and fell to seventh in 2019.

So, who tends to get fired quicker as a response to struggles: pitching coaches on losing baseball teams, or choreographers on musicals in trouble?

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mike butcher, pitching coach

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Diamondbacks, Las Vegas had secret talks about relocation | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed a nondisclosure agreement with the city of Las Vegas more than a year ago, suggesting that Nevada’s largest city might have followed the city of Henderson in discussing the Major League Baseball team’s potential relocation from Phoenix.

It is unclear exactly how far discussions have advanced between Las Vegas and the Diamondbacks or whether those talks are ongoing. The nondisclosure agreement indicated both parties were evaluating or pursuing “certain mutually beneficial opportunities.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Is Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen the latest star sent packing by Derek Jeter’s Marlins?

NEW YORK — Zac Gallen had just moved into his Miami apartment.

Two weeks later, he needed to move out.

A day after making his seventh career start with the Marlins and lowering his ERA to 2.72 with seven innings of two-run, eight-strikeout ball, the rookie right-hander was summoned to manager Don Mattingly’s office.

Gallen, who was just beginning to get acclimated to his new surroundings, initially assumed the coaching staff wanted to go over his last outing. But the Marlins had other plans on July 31 — and they weren’t sending Gallen back down to the minors.

Question- what do we do when Betteridge’s Law points to one answer to a question and what we’ve seen of the Marlins in action points to another?

 


Report: Las Vegas also inquired about Arizona Diamondbacks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A report says Las Vegas followed neighboring Henderson in talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, possibly about moving the Major League Baseball team from Phoenix to southern Nevada.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports it obtained documents showing the team and Las Vegas signed a nondisclosure agreement in August 2018, two weeks after signing a similar pact with Henderson.

The Review-Journal reported the Henderson contact last month, but said discussions stalled.

My apologies for this being the link- the Review-Journal article is pay-walled for me.

Turning to the actual content- is it just me, or is the moving of a MLB team to Las Vegas a bit alarming, given how close MLB has gotten with gambling interests lately?

 

QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, las vegas, relocations

Reports: Diamondbacks agree to extension with GM Mike Hazen

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports the extension had been discussed for the past 10 days. The length of the extension has not been reported.

The timing of the extension is notable given the potential threat of Hazen being swooped away by his former employer, the Boston Red Sox.

The D-backs’ GM for the past three seasons, Hazen had previously spent time in the Red Sox organization, who fired their president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday. While no interest or meetings had been reported, Hazen was naturally being linked to the position.

Mind you, given recent practices in Boston, I’d rather stick around Arizona too…..

 

QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, general managers, mike hazen

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Counted out? Defying expectations would be nothing new for the Diamondbacks

NEW YORK – Torey Lovullo walked to the Citi Field mound Thursday while Mets fans celebrated a Juan Lagares grand slam that had all but ended this game. This was not a trip Lovullo planned to make in the third inning of a critical game, but the Diamondbacks, the hottest team in MLB entering the series, had just fallen behind by six runs.

He removed his starter, Alex Young, then watched another six-plus innings of uninspiring baseball in an 11-1 loss before finally escaping New York.

“This is a tough series. We came here feeling pretty good about ourselves and got socked in the face. Got our asses kicked,” Lovullo said. “Turn the page.”

Before the first pitch of this series had been thrown, the Diamondbacks had won 11 of 13. Now, after a four-game sweep, they are losers of five straight games.

Mind you, this declaration of competitive spirit would mean a lot more if the National League this season wasn’t so mired in mediocrity…..

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, nl wild card, pennant race

Sunday, September 08, 2019

LEADING OFF: Braves streaking, Harper hurting, Arizona rolls

HOME OF THE BRAVES

Josh Donaldson and the Atlanta Braves have won nine in a row, their best string since 2014. The NL East leaders also have taken 13 straight at SunTrust Park.

Donaldson hit his 36th home run in a 5-4 win over Washington on Saturday night. He has 28 homers since June 11. The Nationals have lost four in a row and lead the NL wild-card race by two games over the Cubs.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.60 ERA) tries to end Atlanta’s streaks. He makes his fourth straight start since returning from back trouble — the three-time Cy Young Award winner has no decisions and a 4.66 ERA in his last four outings.

Well, here’s as good a place as any to discuss the current shape of the playoff hunt- how do we expect it will shake out?

QLE Posted: September 08, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, diamondbacks, gerrit cole, rays, streaks, yadier molina

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Balk plates tiebreaking run, lifts Diamondbacks over Dodgers

PHOENIX (AP) — A balk by Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia sent home the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning and helped the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win over Los Angeles on Friday night.

With one out, Garcia (1-4) stepped off the rubber, turned abruptly to check Arizona’s Adam Jones at first base and didn’t throw over. The move was called a balk and allowed Tim Locastro to trot home from third base.

Archie Bradley (4-5) earned the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Josh Rojas’ first big league home run tied the game at 4-all. Eduardo Escobar also homered for Arizona.

The game ended with a little drama as Escobar nearly booted a hard grounder to third by Justin Turner but recovered and threw out Turner at first base, stranding two runners.

As a side-note, this victory ended a record-setting streak by the Diamondbacks where they were within two games of .500 for over two months.

QLE Posted: August 31, 2019 at 04:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: balk, diamondbacks

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Diamondbacks set record for persistence

Back when analytics were still a niche interest and not a focus of every front office in Major League Baseball, those who were resistant to the numbers would often disingenuously characterize stats as, for example, how a player hits on the third Tuesday of every month when the temperature is between 65 and 70 degrees and a right-hander is on the mound. Which, of course, is not what actual analytics measure.

Wasn’t that reputation, to a large degree, the result of the failings of the Elias Sports Bureau?

In any event, a short piece on how to deviate from the mean and stay about average at the same time.

 

QLE Posted: August 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 500, diamondbacks

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Benches clear after Diamondbacks beat Dodgers in 11 innings following controversial call

The story of Friday night’s Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game is not that it ended in a 3-2 victory for Arizona. It’s that the benches clear after all was said and done, and the D-backs had secured the win.

It all started with a controversial call in the 11th inning with the Dodgers up at bat and trailing 3-2. A.J. Pollock thought he was hit on the wrist by a pitch from Archie Bradley, but the ball—which looked like it may have hit the bottom of the bat—flew up in the air and the catcher gloved it for an out. The Dodgers challenged the call, but it was not overturned.

With no previous outs and a runner on first, a walk would have put Los Angeles in a very different position, but the call stood, and the Dodgers had an out on the board.

If I tried to start a fist-fight every time I was frustrated, I’d be in jail within weeks….

 

QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 04:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: benches clearing, diamondbacks, dodgers

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Diamondbacks DFA reliever Holland

PHOENIX (AP) — Relief pitcher Greg Holland, a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves in 2017 with 41, was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Holland, in his ninth season and first with the Diamondbacks, is 1-2 with a 4.54 earned run average in 40 games. He has 17 saves in 22 chances, but saw his ERA climb from 2.33 at the end of June to its current number.

For those who want a reminder as to how fungible most relievers are….

 

QLE Posted: August 08, 2019 at 04:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: designated for assignment, diamondbacks, greg holland

Friday, August 02, 2019

Henderson quietly tried to lure Arizona Diamondbacks to Southern Nevada

Henderson has its eye on the big leagues.

Last year, Henderson officials quietly began a push to lure the Arizona Diamondbacks from the team’s Phoenix home to their city, records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show. Although discussions have stalled, the move signals Henderson’s desire to grow as a professional sports-caliber city.

“While a proposal for an Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark has not moved forward, the city of Henderson would welcome conversations with other major league franchises that may be considering a move to a different market,” the city said in a statement this week.

In a subsequent email, the city clarified it would be open to talking with any professional sports team looking to relocate.

For those of you wondering how the stadium shakedown racket somehow still lasts after a chorus of commentators (across the economic spectrum) have noted that it is a terrible idea….

 

QLE Posted: August 02, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, diamondbacks, las vegas

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Astros land Greinke from DBack at deadline

HOU: Zack Grienke, $24MM
ARI: Seth Beer, J.B. Bukauskas, Corbin Martin, Josh Rojas

That’s a haul.  Beer could be a star, Martin looks like a decent mid-rotation guy, Bukauskas is K’ing more than 10/9 (albeit in AA), Rojas is a flier who is killing it this year.  This is how you restock a farm system.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wild-Card Contenders Are Content to Be Sellers, and That’s a Problem

A consideration of one of the most unfortunate developments in baseball over the last decade, in its less-dramatic form.

QLE Posted: July 24, 2019 at 04:53 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tanking, wild card hunt

Friday, June 14, 2019

‘I gave them blood’: Adam Jones opens up on industry perceptions, blocking trades and learning to embrace change – The Athletic

The headline doesn’t mean what you might think.

In an age of cliched quotes and players who are polished PR-machines, Jones is as authentic as they come. On a European vacation after one of his first years, he collected addresses on Twitter to send fans personal postcards. He hosted random giveaways. When he inked a six-year, $85.5 million extension with the O’s in 2012, he gave more of himself. Literally.

“I cut my finger signing that contract,” Jones said. “I gave them blood.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 11:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks, orioles

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


 

 

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